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How Groundwork Relates to Riding

Written by Mindy Bower Editor’s Note: In the series that ran in several issues Mindy Bower discussed how groundwork relates to riding. This first piece...

Signs of Sickness – How to read your horse’s behavior

Written by Sue Stuska, Ed.D. This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.10 We're striving to become more sensitive to our horses while we work...

Ground Games for Kids – Turning serious horsemanship into kid-sized fun

Written by Sylvana Smith For her 12th birthday a few years ago, a young friend received the gift of which most little girls dream: a...

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Horsemanship Skills

Being Mindful in and out of the Saddle

Written by Jec Ballou Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Zen monks for a week last fall made me believe that a rider’s ultimate responsibility is to give...

For Visual Learners

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Dwight Hill – Raising & Training Versatile Horses

Written by Heather Smith Thomas photos by Tessa Gilpin This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.54 Handling horses the natural way and producing finished...

How Groundwork Relates to Riding Part 2

With Mindy Bower A simple thing that many people miss Situation: When I first watched Ginsor’s owner work him on the ground, the first word that came...

Taking a Different Approach; Sorting It Out With Joe Wolter

Written by Patti Hudson Photos by Eric Sines This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.71 I had just finished shoeing my horse, and was unkinking...

Backing a Serpentine

With Mindy Bower A backed serpentine should look just like a forward serpentine: a series of half circles connected by straight lines when changing...


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